Part of the excitement of the Christmas season is definitely the preparation and build up to the big day. As part of that we are changing our bedtime story selection to a more Christmassy and snowy selection to get everyone in the mood.
In no particular order here are some of the books we will be reading in the next couple of weeks with Cal and Edie (and a couple that may appear in their Christmas stockings too!).
Stick Man - Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler
A snowy classic from this years English Children’s book laureate, Stick Man’s adventures come to a very happy end with the aid of a certain red suited gentleman. A big favourite with both Cal and Edie.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas - Dr. Seuss
A classic from Dr Seuss that has been turned into animated and film versions but the book is definitely still the original and the best.
Aliens Love Panta Claus - Claire Freedman & Ben Cort
The garishly bright illustrations of the Aliens Love series may not appeal to every parent however kids seem to love them so definitely on Cal’s Santa wishlist this year.
The Night Before Christmas - Clement C Moore & Christian Birmingham
The perfect family gathered around the fire place pre bedtime story and this edition with it’s classic illustrations will help create many wonderful Christmas dreams and memories.
Olive the Other Reindeer - J Otto Seibold & Vivian Walsh
A new Christmas tale of a dog with reindeer confusion. We love Seibold’s illustrations so this would be a very welcome to the Christmas story time selection.
The Gruffalo’s Child - Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler
Not a Christmas story as such but a snowy story with a peaceful and sleepy ending which is enjoyed all year around in our house. Even preferred over the original Gruffalo itself.
The Santa Trap - Jonathan Emmett & Poly Bernatene
A Christmas story featuring tigers, dynamite and cages…definitely an exciting change from all the quiet joy.
The Snowman - Raymond Briggs
A truly magical Christmas story that every child should experience, the original book by Raymond Briggs still stands as a Christmas classic.
The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming - Lemony Snickett & Lisa Brown
We love the words of Lemony Snickett so this one may be more of a mummy’s favourite with it’s introduction to holiday traditions outside of the standard Christmas festivities.
Dream Snow - Eric Carle
We were thrilled to discover this snowy Christmas story from the wonderful Eric Carle and look forward to many Christmases exploring his beautiful illustrations if Santa delivers all our Christmas wishes!